Kitchen Tip // How to Wash & Store Lettuce

Kitchen Tip // How to Wash & Store Lettuce l wanderingroot.com
Kitchen Tip // How to Wash & Store Lettuce l wanderingroot.com

I realize that this post may seem a little silly and something everybody should already know and do.  However, if I am being completely honest I just recently started doing this and it has made all the difference both on the freshness of my lettuces and how long they last but also on the wallet.

Kitchen Tip // How to Wash & Store Lettuce l wanderingroot.com
Kitchen Tip // How to Wash & Store Lettuce l wanderingroot.com

You see, I was starting to fall into the prepackaged, pre-washed bagged/boxed organic lettuces that cost me $3.99 - $4.99 each trap.  They are just so darn convenient.  They make throwing together a salad take minutes.  You see I would buy Arugula, Spinach, Romaine, Kale, etc. in bunches but then they would sit in my crisper all week unwashed and unused until I would finally pick off what was still good and throw away the rest.  Money wasted.  Food wasted.

Kitchen Tip // How to Wash & Store Lettuce l wanderingroot.com

While I always knew soaking lettuce was the best way to clean it, I always ended up washing off what I needed and quickly drying it and chopping it.  Then one day I decided soaking it and storing it was the way to go.  So this is how I go about it.  1.  Put lettuce in sink {if it is Romaine cut off the end}. 2.  Fill sink with cold water. 3.  Let sit in sink for 30 minutes.  4.  Remove lettuce and put in a salad spinner.  Rinse with water and spin.  5.  Lay down 2 large paper towels {still attached}. 6.  Trim ends if you desire, then lay lettuce down on towel and fold towel over.  7.  Place in a large ziplock bag and refrigerate.  

This will keep your lettuce fresh and crisp all week long.  I wash and reuse my ziplock bag several times to save on money and the environment! :)  Now all you have to do is take out what you want to use, quickly chop and it is ready to eat.  Buying lettuce in bunches like this is definitely more cost effective then the prepackaged stuff.

On a side note, do you see how dirty the lettuce is??  Crazy!  If this does't make you want to soak your lettuce, I don't know what will.

Kitchen Tip // How to Wash & Store Lettuce l wanderingroot.com